classic707
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Braniff And American 747s

Wed Jun 14, 2000 6:13 am

How many 747s did Braniff order and recieve? I know that they had at least 1 747-127 and a few 747-123's that were either bought or leased from American Airlines.

How many 747-123's did American order and recieve? How long did they keep them in passenger configuration before they were turned into cargo jets? I know that one went to NASA. What about their 747SP's?
 
bacardi182
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RE: Braniff And American 747s

Wed Jun 14, 2000 6:21 am

i know that one sp became a buisness jet for some rich people.
 
bacardi182
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Sorry

Wed Jun 14, 2000 6:25 am

i was wrong. what i was talking about was N601AA that was supposed to become a VIP ship for the Brunei Government but was bought by american instead. sorry, but i do have a good picture of the aircraft in a VIP color scheme and has the reg# N57202, that was originally delivered to TWA
 
fanofjets
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RE: Braniff And American 747s

Wed Jun 14, 2000 7:03 am

Several ex-AA -123s were converted to cargo work; I know some appeared in the colors of Trans Mediterranean Airlines of Lebanon. Other freight haulers served UPS
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The most famous 747-123 was the one converted by NASA as a shuttle transporter. (It has since then been joined by an ex-JAL 747-SR46.)

One lucky -123 appeared, named Spirit of Sir Freddie in Virgin Atlantic colors. Sadly, this once proud aircraft has been scrapped:


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Another -123 went through a succession of owners, ending up with United in 1988:


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One ex-AA bird starred in Airport '75; this aircraft was then converted to a freighter.

PeopleExpress purchased N602BN for its EWR-LGW service:


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...and another flew with Nationair of Canada:

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